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Social media abuzz with excitement as baton carriers tweet their delight

EVERYWHERE it has gone, the Queen's Baton has excited comment on social media.

Twitter and Facebook are among the social networking sites that have chronicled just what it is like to carry the baton.

Photographs have regularly been posed on the official website of Glasgow2014.com, too.

Clyde 1 presenter Knoxy was a good example yesterday as the baton finally reached Glasgow, on day 285 of its epic journey around the Commonwealth.

"Baton relay time!" she tweeted just before midday.

"Feeling v honoured. I'm No. 44 and I'll be on West George Street at 11.44 if you're about."

A couple of hours later, she updated her 21,000 followers: "Absolutely loved that, what an honour! Thanks to my pals for cheering me on."

For good measure, her mother Valerie, who watched on BBC television, and whose Twitter page describes her as a "proud Scot living in Jacksonville Beach, Florida", tweeted: "Just watched our lovely daughter @KnoxyDiane running with the queens baton in Glasgow."

The BatonRelay2014 team tweeted a photograph of the baton being carried on board a subway train before emerging at the station on Buchanan Street, as well as a picture of it being carried into medieval Provan Hall, Easterhouse.

One Glasgow man, Patrick Grady, tweeted: "Quite impressed to see the #BatonRelay go past my street. Last time I saw the baton was in Zambia in January."

Even politicians got in on the act. Margaret Curran, MP for East Glasgow, tweeted: "Brilliant atmosphere for the #BatonRelay in the east end this afternoon" and posted a photograph of the Games mascot, Clyde, and friends in Garrowhill Park.

In recent days, Twitter users have spoken of their delight at being singled out for the honour of carrying the baton.

Chiara Smith, who carried the baton last week, described it as "the most incredible day of my life."

Many of yesterday's baton carriers will probably feel the same way.

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